December

Hi. Welcome to the little website I made over the last few weeks. I decided to do this after some time of thinking about social media (where for now I’ll just be reading, not posting) and about how I want to spend my creative time. Everything of note should be housed here, from the content of my Tumblr to my online work to my storefront.

I’ll get to my usual monthly musings in a bit, but a few programming notes to start:

Here’s the short comic I made this month and here’s a Twitter thread with all of the work I posted online this year – I think my favorite is my strip about the Larsen C iceberg. I also printed N, All There Is, and helped publish Warmer. Important things happened in my life not related to comics and those things will make it into the comics eventually.

Minor Leagues 4, Simon Moreton

Ink Brick 8, ed. Alexander Rothman et al

Yours, Margot Ferrick

The Drawings of Delacroix

More Drawings of Delacroix

In December I drew two short strips and learned how to make linoprints. I like the idea that I can hold on to the printing blocks and make another comic using the same images months or years in the future. I also spent too much time playing video games. I go through very occasional phases of this.

I reread all of my monthly posts for 2017. Like most of us, I’m facing the same frustrations and fixing the same problems more than once – and the degree to which that fact makes me feel frustrated or contemplative depends significantly on whether I happen to be in a good stop with the strip in working on at that time.

All this planning, all this reflection…all in service of just clearing my mind, sitting down, making work that feels good and true. Writing and thinking about how I’ve reached that place before and how I might reach it again. Muddling through can be beautiful, in its way.

Best prose and comics I read in 2017, in no particular order:

  • Swing Time, Zadie Smith
  • The Flamethrowers, Rachel Kushner
  • The Complete Stories of Flannery O’Connor
  • Applebroog, Ida Applebroog
  • Little Angels, Aidan Koch
  • Sprawling Heart, Sab Meynert
  • Yours, Margot Ferrick
  • Pope Hat 5, Ethan Rilly
  • Crickets 6, Sammy Harkham
  • Ganges 6, Kevin Huizenga
  • Comix School 1-7, Kevin Huizenga

Goals for 2018, in no particular order:

  • Devote most of my creative energy to a one-person anthology book to be published this fall and – at least notionally, and I hope actually – every fall after that for the rest of my life. I want to have a vessel to contain my work, a throughline to hinge my year on, and this strikes me as a good way to accomplish that.
  • Publish Drowned River, the book mentioned here and here, with a publisher. I think it’s an appropriate work for a slightly larger audience and a slightly more durable format.
  • Read one prose book per month.
  • Personal goals related to exercise, patience, restraint, and generosity.

Thanks for reading. I hope you’re doing well.

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